Rethinking journalism from an ethnographic glance. Part II: nosing around

The encounter between me doing journalism and New York City was the reason why I decided to become an ethnographer. But my story does not have anything new, well, perhaps just the location. One of the principal researchers of the well famous Chicago School, Robert E. Park, was also driving in that direction many decades… Continue reading Rethinking journalism from an ethnographic glance. Part II: nosing around

A hyperbole hyperbolizing

There is a Starbucks over Broadway Avenue, between the W. 43rd and the W. 44th Street that reminds open 24-7. The advertising on its facade is made by circular light bulbs, and the shape of the ceiling outside reminds the standard design of the entrance of an old theatre or cinema. Few blocks up, there… Continue reading A hyperbole hyperbolizing

LedisFlam

Perched on an armchair, dressed in black, Marco Ursino, a filmmaker, drew on a cigarette. ''Manhattan is saturated,'' he said. ''Williamsburg is the next big thing.'' Bahrampour, 2000 At the banks of the East River, located at the northeast of Brooklyn, there is Williamsburg, a neighborhood with more than 32.926 inhabitants and more than 200… Continue reading LedisFlam

Times Square is a magnetic place

It does not matter the opinion you may have about Times Square, you cannot deny that this is a place that has power for capturing things: bodies, glances, capital, emotions. The attractiveness of this plaza can be found in many different scenarios: Its screens and media; its history; its many reproductions in popular culture; its… Continue reading Times Square is a magnetic place

LEDs dancing in choreography and a proposed experiment for my next fieldwork

There is a particular sound one can hear in Times Square. The sound is louder around the W. 47th Street, between Olive Garden’s sidewalk and the TKTS booths under the big red stairs. If you visited the Square after August 8, 2017, perhaps you may know about this. But probably you don't. The sound has… Continue reading LEDs dancing in choreography and a proposed experiment for my next fieldwork

The yoga group

The Chinese woman came to me. Immediately after her “hello,” and without making a pause for letting me reply to her greetings, she started to tell me her story. She was not in Times Square as a tourist she was there working for a group which aim is fighting against the organ harvesting in prisons… Continue reading The yoga group

Barber, the city, and the necessity of untying the hank

Benjamin Barber was someone I always wanted to interview. His thoughts about cities, democracy, and global exchange resulted not only interested but also, in a certain way, inspired to me. Barber's work can be placed in two different scenarios: one political and another academical. In the first one, and talking specifically about cities, perhaps his… Continue reading Barber, the city, and the necessity of untying the hank

Going to Times Square, part I. A brief presentation

This piece of research is proposing you an unofficial tour around The new new* Times Square. Around the spatiality, I have delimited and named as Times Square for constructing my particular case. This one, the one I am showing you here, is located in the same place that the local administration traced as Times Square,… Continue reading Going to Times Square, part I. A brief presentation